KARACHI - There will be no loadshedding during this summer, as the KESC will try its best to provide uninterrupted power supply to the Karachiites. KESC, CEO, Naveed Ismail claimed this while talking to media after the inauguration ceremony of Korangi South Grid Station on Wednesday. City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal was the chief guest on this occasion. "The loadshedding in the winter occurred due to the low gas supply, affecting power generating capacity of our plants", said Naveed Ismail. He said during summer the gas supply would be fully restored; therefore, no load shedding will occur this summer. "We had faced massive problems when we had taken over KESC five months back. It will take a few years to fully resolve all the problems facing KESC," he added. "The Korangi South Grid Station is the first step in this regard and in future we will prove by our actions that KESC is working sincerely to provide relief to the people," he said. "For the first time in history KESC is on the right path under this new management," he added. He said it was difficult to tackle the entire KESC network system, which was spread over 6,000 square kilometres adding that, "We have got 21 to 22 thousands of transmission lines spread all over Karachi". He said it had been few months since KESC new management added first Megawatt of new power generation to the system while not a single Megawatt had been added to the system during the last 10 years since 1997 and so far they had added 112 MW electricity to the system. We have got 50 MGW rental energy out of which 25mw have been obtained while rest would be put in the system soon, he said. By the end of this April we will bring four grid stations online alike Korangi South Grid Station, he said. Eight grid stations would be brought online by the end of this year by spending Rs17billion, he added. KESC was not giving new connections but now in a few days we will start giving new connections, he said. There has been huge shortage of investment for the maintenance of the system and it will take four to five years to bridge that investment gap to fully repair the system, he added. This year 450 MW energy would be added to the system while in next three years 1,000 MW energy would be added he noted. "Our long-term power plan for Karachi is coal-based, he said. Karachi contributes 26 to 27 % GDP for the country and if this city is provided needed power then we could boost the economy of entire Pakistan", he said. He said KESC has announced 2009 as the Energy Conservation Year for Karachi, in partnership with City District Government Karachi. The Korangi South Grid will cover all residential consumers of Korangi and some parts of Landhi with improved voltage profile, he said. The enhanced transformation capacity will serve (80MVA) pending industrial/residential load, he said. "During the last three years of loadshedding CDGK was the most affected institution while I was the most affected person", said City Nazim Karachi Syed Mustafa Kamal while talking on the occasion. "We have no links with the KESC and I have never got engagement with KESC but today I have come and stand with them as they have taken a tangible action", Kamal observed.